Arrests made in internet sex crime crackdown

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Northumbria Police has confirmed that 19 arrests were made in the force area as part of a nationwide operation.

Across the country 660 suspected paedophiles have been arrested during Operation Notarise.

The six-month operation, co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency, NCA, involved officers from 45 different police forces to snare internet users across the UK who were accessing child abuse images.

Northumbria Police has confirmed that during the investigation, 14 warrants were executed and as a result, 19 arrests were made.

The NCA said that the arrests nationally, which include teachers, doctors and some ex-police officers, had led to hundreds of children being “safeguarded”.

Of the 660, 39 people were Registered Sex Offenders, but the majority of those arrested had not previously come to law enforcement’s attention.

They include 12 people arrested in the North East by Cleveland Police and 11 by North Yorkshire.

The NCA and its partners say they are not revealing the methods they used to track down suspects so that they can use the same tactics again in the future.